How to Replace a Waste Ink Absorber

Canon printers have waste ink absorbers to soak up the ink after a cleaning cycle. Printers count the number of cycles you perform and show a warning when the ink pads are getting full. The printer will quit working after enough cycles to prevent the pads from overflowing. Replacing the absorbent pads is a job that you can do yourself to save the expense of sending the printer to a repair shop.

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Turn the printer off and remove the power cord. Disconnect the printer from your computer.

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Remove the cover from the parallel port. Pry the cover off by placing a flat-head screwdriver in the bottom slot and gently applying pressure to the back of the slot. The parallel port is where you plug the USB cable into the printer.

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Reach inside the printer and bend the front two tabs holding the top while you lift the printer cover gently. Stop lifting the cover when the cover is above the tabs.

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Use your screwdriver to push gently on the back two tabs while you lift the printer's cover off.

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Remove the four screws holding the printer to the base and lift the printer off the base. Set the printer aside on a level surface. If the printer has a power module, slide it out the back before you remove the screws.

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Put on rubber gloves.

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Remove the old ink absorber and rinse the printer bottom off with hot water. Dry the bottom completely with paper towels. The waste ink absorber is a felt pad sitting on the printer base.

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Place the new absorber in the printer bottom and reassemble the printer.

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Reconnect the power cord and turn on the printer.

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Reset the waste ink absorber levels using the method for your printer (see Resources).